Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Ayiti: The Cost of Life is an online game created by teenagers through the Global Kids' Digital Media Initiative with help from Gamelab.

The goal of the game is to keep a rural Haitian family alive through education, work, and good health. Players struggle to provide an education for the family members while suffering from poverty and poor health. This strategy game resembles the popular 1980s and 1990s game Oregon Trail, where players must think to make rational decisions in order to stay alive.

Even after playing the game several times, I could not figure out how to keep the family alive. I began to wonder if it is even possible to win "Ayiti: The Cost of Life" or is the point of the game to experience the almost inevitable loss that is so real to many people in developing countries: death by poverty.

Check out the game yourself! It is an eye opener, that's for sure.


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